Melica Niccole, a reputed author from Ohio, felicitate with Otterbein University Diversity Award 2018, for her outstanding contribution and professional achievement in literature and social work. Melica who has already published sixteen books during her seven years of writing is set to receive this prestigious award at a special ceremony that is going to be held in February 9 at the University premises. She will receive the award along with Kyle Williams, said a statement issued by the University on her website. Otterbein University had established the Diversity Award to honor their prominent alumni for their professional accomplishments and service contributions to the University and to their community. The award is given to two alumni annually who have done an extraordinary service in the fields of diversity and inclusion.
Otterbein who describes herself as Inclusive, Innovative, and Progressive had inaugurated Diversity award in 2008 as the African American Hall of Fame Awards. Otterbein, the winner of the President’s Award for General Community Service in 2008, is ranked 11th in its category on the best Colleges for Veterans, was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. The University is located in Westerville, Ohio and offers a choice of 70 major and 44 minors as well as individualized courses of study, enrolls approximately 3,000 students from the U.S. and abroad. Otterbein ranked 11th out of 171 peers in the Regional Universities-Midwest category, a survey runs by U.S. News & World Report tells. It is ranked in top 50 schools for contribution to the public good in 2015. Otterbein came in 3rd for the Forbes My Top School Challenge in 2017.
Melica Niccole who is also famous as Melica Hampton was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and now resides in New Jersey. The University has published a detailed note on her accomplishments and contributions which made richly deserving to win this award. She graduated from Otterbein University in 2004 with a major in health promotion and fitness and holds a master’s degree in science administration with a specialization in health services and human resources from Central Michigan University.
Hampton is a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner and is currently employed as a human resources recruiter for Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services Inc., in Union, New Jersey. Previously she was a supported education specialist in career services with Bridgeway.
Her work has included preparing students for higher education programs by helping them identify funding options for their continued education and counseling them on interviewing techniques. In 2017, Hampton was nominated for the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Honoree of the Year for her impactful work with at-risk or disadvantaged persons with mental health diagnoses.
Hampton is also a published author and the CEO of Hampton Publishing House LLC. She published her first book, Dead Wrong, in August 2010. Since 2010, Hampton has published 16 books. Her books range from poetry, drama and mystery to children’s literature.
She is also involved with an organization called Conscious Connect in Springfield, Ohio, which helps people in low-income areas have access to children’s books in libraries, barbershops and around town. Hampton also helped found an annual children’s book festival in Camden, New Jersey, serving disadvantaged youth, introducing them to authors, and engaging them in literacy- related activities with adults who serve as role models.
Ms. Niccole has been involved in numerous events in her community, such as book festivals, children’s book drive, New York Book Bag Drive, and a newly created program about youth and politics which is called Voice My Choice Youth Event. She is also engaging in a book project which is jointly written by American and Nepali writers intending to promote cultural relation between two countries. The book is scheduled to release in April 2018 by Hampton Publishing House, LLC.